Research in Science Education

, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 295–303 | Cite as

A constructivist approach to secondary school science experiments

  • Wayne Schulz
  • Campbell McRobbie


The focus of this study was on the investigation of a laboratory instructional program on electricity designed for conceptual development using constructivist principles for conceptual change. This approach was compared with a traditional laboratory approach in a quasi-experimental design. The sample was 247 grade 10 students (boys) in a large non-government urban school. Covariance analysis with the corresponding pretest as covariate showed statistically and educationally significant gains for the experimental group on cognitive but not attitudinal outcomes when compared to the traditional group. Student and teacher interview data provide some evidence for the success of the experimental approach.


School Science Interview Data Conceptual Change Constructivist Approach Significant Gain 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wayne Schulz
    • 1
  • Campbell McRobbie
    • 2
  1. 1.Anglican Church Grammar SchoolEast Brisbane
  2. 2.Centre for Mathematics and Science EducationQueensland University of TechnologyRed Hill

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